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Addicted to Sugar? Why It Happens And How to Break It

I have to admit, I never thought that I would ever be addicted to sugar. I have always, and I mean always been a savoury over sweet kinda girl. Hand me a bag of crisps and I can and will devour them before you can even blink. But put Chocolate on the table and I will maybe have a square or two before I lose interest and forget they are even here.

I used to feel somewhat proud of this. I had fallen in to almost every other over eater category. What can I say I love food. So I was happy that I seemed immune to the sweet addiction. At least there was one thing that I didn’t feel the need to overindulge in.

This was me………. until I had a baby.

Addicted To Sugar

A lot of new mums I know have experienced the same need for sugar post baby so what is it about female hormones that make us crave sugar? Besides the need to up your calorie levels while breastfeeding, it is also said that serotonin levels drop dramatically after having a baby which leads to strong sugar cravings. Chuck in the sleepless nights and high levels of stress and BOOM. We turn into Sugar Junkies.

Unfortunately for us, once you have boarded the sugar train it is very hard to get off. Sugar is highly addictive, and has even been said to be more addictive than cocaine. It stimulates the reward centres of the brain which causes withdrawal symptoms if you do not get your daily fix. Read about How Sugar Hijacks Your Brain And Makes You Addicted here.

Not only is sugar highly addictive, it is now been classed as the root cause of obesity and obesity related diseases. Sugar is high in calories, however they are empty calories. Meaning that there in no nutritional value what so ever. So with its addictive properties making people want to binge eat and fill up on sugary foods. Their bodies in the mean time are consuming way to many calories whilst depleting the body of nutrients it needs for optimum health.

So How do you ditch the sugar?

Go Cold Turkey

I am sorry to say but there is no other way but to go cold turkey. Just like with any other addictive substance, cutting it out straight away is the best way to detox and get it out of your system. Going down the moderation route will end in disaster. One little bite will set you up and leave you wanting more. Choose a few days where you are likely not to be tempted and go cold turkey.

Do not Give in

This is where you need to muster all the willpower you have. It will be hard but it will be worth it in the end. For me it was harder than I thought. I had serious withdraw symptoms. My usual lazy self was willing to take my son and hike up the hill in the rain just for a piece of cake. I gave in a few times only to make it harder on myself the next day. Be strong and stay in the house if need be. You don’t need any temptations at this time.

Do all your shopping online

This piece of advice was my saviour. If i were to go and walk around the grocery store while fighting my cravings I would be setting myself up for failure. Online shopping not only helps me to save time in my busy mummy schedule and it helps me to get straight to the point and buy only the things I need for our meals. No shopping cart envy or lovely smells to tip me over to the dark side.

Get your 5 a day

Another reason you may be finding it hard to curb the sugar cravings is that your body is desperate for some nutritional therapy. With our modern diet revolved around a lot of processed food. Chances are most of us are not getting enough of the vitamins and minerals our bodies need. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your diet. What helped me to curb my cravings was to start the day with a green smoothie. Check out my recipe here.

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So there you are. I hope these tips can help you to cut the sugar addiction and detox your body. I know that it is hard, but in the long run your body and skin will thank you for it.

 

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Take Control of Your Health with these Healthy 30 minute Gluten Free Recipes with Mindful Chef

Being a wifey to an offshore worker while raising a child has its challenges. Especially when all three of you are big eaters and are used to having proper meals for lunch and dinner. I blame our years in France for that. The French know their food and lunch is enjoyed just as much as dinner is. No quick sandwiches and crisps. It is proper hot and delicious meals which made my lunch break at work oh so enjoyable.

Fast forward to today and that food culture has stuck except one big difference : I am the sole chef of the house hold. I love cooking. I am a self proclaimed foodie. If I was to be honest I would say that eating is probably my biggest hobby. I am always on the lookout for easy 30 minute Gluten Free Recipes. However times have changed. I no longer have the time to sieve through all my recipe books and favourite food blogs and create a new menu each week.

The foodie inside me was slowly dying

I have found that as my free time has decreased. I am buying the same things every week and cooking the same recipes over and over again. Gluten Free Pasta, Curries, Vege Chilli. Yes they are all great meals but the foodie inside me was slowly dying. Not to mention my poor partner and baby were getting bored of eating the same thing. Gluten Free Recipes

That was when I heard of food box deliveries. Food Boxes are when you are sent a range of meals and recipes of your choice with all the ingredients delivered to your door in one box. Looking at the vast array of delicious looking recipes and the promise to not only save time, but to also cut down on food waste. I was intrigued.

I loved the idea of being able to try different recipes with everything I needed delivered straight to my door but there was a problem. Although we love our food, we are very pro-health in our household. We limit our gluten and dairy consumption and try to incorporate as many fruit and vegetables into our daily meals as we can. A lifestyle that we believe is the pinnacle of health and longevity. So what to do? Do these boxes use Gluten Free Recipes?

Healthy 30 minute Gluten Free Recipes with Mindful Chef

That was when I found Mindful Chef. Mindful Chef is a food box company that specialises in delivering quality UK farm sourced ingredients and healthy meal options straight to your door. All of their meals are 100% gluten and dairy free and their focus is to encourage people to eat a balanced and healthy diet by reducing your sugar and refined carb intake. They also have a Vegan menu!

Gluten Free Recipes

What attracted me was not only the fact that their health values were the same as ours, but that all of their recipes contain no more than 10 ingredients. On top of that they take only 30 minutes to prepare. That had me hooked so I ordered my first box. You can choose between up to 5 recipes per week, but I chose 4.

When I received the box at my door the next day, I was like a child at Christmas. It was awesome to open up this box and find all these fresh ingredients perfectly packed and measured for our dinner.

It was so neatly done and the meat was very well packed with an ice pack to keep it cool and fresh. Each recipe had a brown bag with all the ingredients in it along with the recipe cards. The recipes I had chosen were Beef Koftas with Harissa Quinoa, Balsamic Chicken with Rosemary Cauliflower Mash and Wild Garlic Pesto Chicken and Carrot Mash & Sweet and Sour Pork with Black Rice

The Verdict: Pros & Cons

The recipes were absolutely delicious. I was a little bit worried about what my partner would think because as a typical Brit, he loves his hearty food. However he loved every recipe. Each meal was packed full of flavour and was a good portion size. On top of that they were packed full of superfoods and great for my diet! Gluten Free Recipes

We had actually chosen 4 meals in our pack but one of the recipes was so good that we ate it up and forgot to take a photo. Oops sorry.

The Pros: Mindful Chef promise to deliver 24 hours after you place your order which they did. The food was very easy and quick to prepare and the taste was lovely. The ingredients are all fresh and from UK farms and the recipes are very healthy and diet friendly.

The Cons: The con is that when you register you are automatically put down for a delivery every week. You have the option to skip deliveries each week if you wish but need to do this before the Thursday of every week. The best option is to create an account and order your box, then after Thursday freeze your account and reactivate only when you wish to order again.Healthy recipes with no hassle

Research is now uncovering that diets low in sugar can actually decrease risks of cancer and other serious diseases

All in all I would recommend Mindful Chef to anyone who is looking to save time and who is trying to live a healthy lifestyle with no-hassle. Research is now uncovering that diets low in sugar can actually decrease risks of cancer and other serious diseases. I am very glad to see a company that is helping people to live a healthier lifestyle in a simple and easy way.

Mindful Chef is also funded by none other than Sir Andy Murray and Victoria Pendleton CBE and their recipes are also enjoyed by the members of the England Rugby, Hockey and Rowing Teams.

Prices vary depending on how many people you are feeding and how many recipes you wish to receive per box but if you want to try Mindful Chef then use this link here to get 25% off your first box.

Give it a try. You will always have a few Healthy 30 minute Gluten Free Recipes under your belt to recreate whenever you want.

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Chocolate Coco Balls : A Healthy Alternative to Chocolate

Easter is peering its head around the corner, and I am excited to start the tradition with my little boy. One of the joys of parenthood is seeing the excitement and wonder on their faces with events such as this and  I am eager to encourage his imagination and create happy memories.However with all this excitement there is one thing I am not too keen on. That is the excessive amount of chocolate that my child will be exposed to, thats why I am on a quest for a healthy alternative to chocolate.

I know I sound like a party pooper but hear me out. He is only 1, and even though I am all for everything in moderation.  I am well aware that at Easter time the word ‘Moderation’ does not exist. We already have a cupboard full of easter eggs and it is not even Easter yet!

So I have decided to make my own healthy Easter alternatives. With these not only will Gabriel be able to celebrate with delicious chocolatey treats like everyone else. I will also be reassured that he will not be bouncing off the walls from a sugar high.  I used to make these for myself before Gabriel was born and I think they will go down a treat. They are refined sugar, gluten and dairy free. Made with raw cacao powder and medjool dates, they have a great chocolate flavour while also being packed full of vitamins and minerals.

NOTE: Raw Cacao Powder is a superfood. It contains more antioxidants than blueberries, and is full of Calcium and Magnesium. A good source of plant based Iron, it has also been accredited to be a Natural Mood enhancer and Anti-depressant!

Not only are these healthy and delicious, they are very easy and quick to make. It is the perfect recipe to do with your kids, but beware of the mess! The below recipe makes 16 balls.

KYLIE’S CHOCOLATE COCO BALLS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Healthy Alternative to Chocolate for Easter

After these have been chilled in the fridge, you can then wrap them up in cellophane or put them in little Easter baskets like I have done and they make a great healthy gift for Easter!

A Healthy Alternative to Chocolate for Easter

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How I lost 2.5kgs without going to the gym

I can hardly believe how fast time has gone. When I look at my calendar and see that I am to be married in only 4 short months, I am filled with excitement and fear. I cannot wait for the big day but I still have so many things to do, and that includes losing those extra kilos. With my first dressing fitting scheduled for next week, the pressure is on!

In theory it seems like an easy thing to do. But when you are a full-time mum like me, juggling a blog with a partner who works offshore, it seems impossible. Where do you get the time to go to the gym? That is why I went on a mission to find a solution. Being a firm lover of yoga and zumba, I used to feel bummed that I could never get to a class. If you enjoy what you are doing, then chances are you will stick to it and get better results. So I decided to bring the classes to me.

After a bit of research online, I found some perfect videos that I could use at home, that were long enough to actually make a difference, but short enough for me to be able to fit into my busy day. My aim was to do at least 30 minutes a day. I could easily fit 30 minutes in during one of bubs naps or after he had gone to bed. I just had to push myself to do it and so far I have lost 2.5 Kgs doing these classes, along with a healthy diet.

Class one ( or maybe I should say three) : Zumba Slimparty  

A Zumba dvd with easy to do yet high intensity zumba classes. What is brilliant about this is that they have a quick 20 minute workout for those who do not have much time, followed by a 30 minute latin workout and a 50 minute one for when you are really motivated. It also comes with a quick start guide to teach you the steps used in each video.

I downloaded this from iTunes so that I could play it direct on my TV using Apple TV, but you can buy the dvd if you don’t have apple tv (link is at the bottom). I have been using these workouts for 2 weeks now and can already feel a huge difference. I couldn’t even get through the first 10 minutes when I first started, now I can do the 30 minute one until the end.

It gets you sweating and the class passes by quickly because it is so enjoyable. My son enjoys watching me do this too as he loves the music.

Class Two : Yoga by Sara Beth

Sara Beth is a yoga vlogger who has her own channel on youtube. She provides an extensive list of classes for all different levels and needs. Ranging from beginner classes, to weight loss and pregnancy yoga.

My favourite class is her 30 minute full body Cardi-yoga class. You really feel the burn with this class. I am always sore after the class as it targets muscles all over your body, some I didn’t even know existed! I feel like I am really toning my body with this class.

 

There you have it. Fun weight loss videos for the mum with no time! I have been !

xx

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